Chemistry Question #130

Julie, a 13 year old female from the Internet asks on February 11, 2000,

What is the chemical make-up of pear, banana and apple peels?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on February 11, 2000

Peels of fruits typically contain more or less the same things that are in most plants. These are: cellulose, sugars, and other carbohydrates, as well as lignins, waxes, and various other compounds to strengthen the peel and protect the fruit from the elements.

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